Bandh violence claims 2 in MP

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Bhopal, July 3 (UNI) Two people were killed in group clashes leading to clamping of curfew in four police station areas of Indore while normal life went haywire today in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh during the day-long Bharat bandh called by the VHP on the Amarnath issue.

A trader, Hiralal Soni (28), immolated himself after being assaulted by Bajrang Dal workers following an altercation over closure of his jewelry shop at Satna district's Rampur. He sustained 90 per cent burns and was admitted to a private hospital.

Curfew was clamped in Khajarana, Malharganj, Chhatripura and Pandrinath police station limits in Indore city following arson and violence between pro- and anti-bandh supporters.

Indore's Inspector-General of Police Anil Kumar said two people, killed in group clashes, were yet to be identified. One person was killed with stabbing weapons while another was gunned down. About a dozen people were injured in clashes.

At Jabalpur, more than 100 members of a Hindu outfit -- who were taking out a procession -- were arrested as they attempted to enter a sensitive area in the cantonment town.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code were imposed in Jhabua district headquarters due to violence.

Bandh supporters squatted on railway tracks and delayed the Indore-Maksi train for ten minutes in Dewas. Agitators briefly stopped a train at Sagar also.

BJP, VHP and Bajrang Dal activists were seen roaming the streets forcing traders to keep their shutters down.

During the bandh, educational institutions, commercial establishments, shops and main markets remained closed across the state. Thin vehicular traffic was observed on the roads. Truckers were on strike for the second consecutive day. Government offices functioned as usual.

Incidents of stone-pelting, road blockade, clashes, and vandalism were reported across the state.

Impact of the BJP-supported bandh was also felt in Gwalior, Bhind, Morena, Ujjain, Badwani, Sagar, Jhabua, MHOW and other towns.

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